State Rep. proposes ending federal protection for wolves

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse has introduced a bill to remove the gray wolf from Endangered Species Act protections in Washington, Oregon and Utah.

The freshman lawmaker says removing wolves from the list is “long overdue” and would allow state wildlife officials to manage wolves more effectively.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports his bill would also prevent states from providing protections to wolves that are stronger than those found in the federal Endangered Species Act.

A spokesman for Conservation Northwest, which works on wolf recovery issues, calls the bill disappointing. Chase Gunnell says there are only a few wolves receiving federal protection in Washington and Oregon.

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  • ShadowWalker59

    Absolutely…………NO!! What’s the matter with you! Just another stupid politician who wants things his way. Well, to Hell with you bucko, the wolves probably have a Hell of lot more sense than you have ever possessed! Don’t forget you lame brain, there is more to nature and the wild, then Seattle’s streets!!

  • Resident

    In related news the wolves have noted the name and address of the lawmaker in question and are reviewing data on nights when there will be no moon.

  • Tony Frates

    In other words, allow state wildlife officials to shoot them. That’s what the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to do and with essentially no wolves here and my understanding is that there are a pitiful few in Washington and Oregon. So exactly why are these paid legislators spending time on this? Federal employees talking “smack” about their very own employer. Curious. This idea that states can manage better than the federal government is simply bunk. A plant or animal with a multi-state distribution is not something a given state can or should manage. And only an anti-life fool would try to limit what a state could or couldn’t do with respect providing protections for a living organism. If states can do better, why would the provisions of the Endangered Species Act have anything to do with what protections they do or do not provide? Clearly these anti-science politicians don’t want to provide any protections at all, and speak out of both sides of their mouths simultaneously. What is long overdue is to get rid of political representatives like these.

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